During the winter, we all like to seek out cosy little places, like by the fireplace after an invigorating walk or traditional cafes and pubs where we can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate to warm up. We have listed the best six places to order yourself some delicious hot chocolate!
The Limburg coffee brand Coffeelovers can be found in a number of places, including in Maastricht's most beautiful book shop. Boekhandel Dominicanen is truly a sight to behold! This beautiful monumental building houses a vast array of books, magazines, and other literature. In the back of the former church, you can enjoy some hot chocolate and order a bite to eat. Coffeelovers’ other coffee concepts can be found throughout the city, for instance in the Céramique district.
DARQ Maastricht is located beneath the most romantic arches in Maastricht. This relatively new chocolate and coffee concept serves delicious hot chocolate. They offer white, milk, and dark hot chocolate varieties. From your first sip, you will know that this is no ordinary chocolate, as DARQ Maastricht only uses the best and most sustainable chocolate. If you are lucky, your hot chocolate will be served with a ‘Mestreechter Puneke’ (chocolate kiss).
There is no place in Maastricht that quite encapsulates the festive spirit like Vrijthof square, which makes it the perfect place for a magical cup of hot chocolate. After exploring the Christmas market and meeting Santa, consider visiting the wonderful traditional Dutch poffertjes (mini pancakes) stand. If you really want to feel like you are in the Alps for a day, then visit the Alpine-inspired chalet (‘Almhütte’) to enjoy hot chocolate with whipped cream just like they serve in Austria.
Van Wijck can be found in the trendy Wyck district (pronounced ‘week’). While you may think the business is named after the district, it is actually named after its owner - what a happy coincidence! Open from breakfast time onwards, this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy. Whether you prefer milk or dark hot chocolate, the choice is yours! While you're there, you have the perfect excuse to enjoy a delicious freshly-baked waffle or a slice of chocolate cake.
Mosae Forum is a great place to shop for some great gifts for your friends, family, and yourself. When you’ve found everything you need, head to Mickey Brown's where the friendly staff will welcome you with open arms and serve you hot chocolate that is to die for! You can also opt for a healthy snack while you prepare to tour all the shops that the city has to offer!
Chalet Bergrust is the perfect place to relax after a wonderful walk around Sint Pietersberg hill. You can take in the fantastic view of Maastricht, while you enjoy your hot chocolate in the best way possible. From this viewpoint, you can count all the lights in Maastricht. You can even brave it out on the terrace, provided you wear a warm winter coat. This location is also the departure point for a number of tours, including Maastricht Underground’s tours of the cave system and tours of Fort Sint Pieter. We highly recommend it!